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Goree is a quaint, quiet town with easy access to the lake, guided hunting/fishing, hunting lodges, RVing, camping and extremely affordable real estate for your very own hunting headquarters. Finally, Goree has the last stop for bait, beverages and snacks before heading to the lake, Millers Creek Reservoir.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

In Loving Memory...

Guadalupe E. Andrade

Funeral services for Guadalupe E. Andrade, of Plano,

were held at 9 AM, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at the

Dossman Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Bill

Bunting officiating. Burial followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery

in Temple.

The family received friends for visitation on Tuesday

evening from 6-8 PM at the dossman Funeral Home in


Mrs. Andrade died July 23, 2011 in a San Antonio hospital.

Mrs. Andrade was born in San Juan, Texas the daughter

of Sabino and Claudia (Ramos) Espinoza. She married

Jose Morales Andrade in Edinburg, Texas. She was a

long time resident of Goree, Texas. She was a member of

the Goree Church of Christ, before moving to Plano in

1997. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Andrade was preceded in death by her husband

November 4, 1984 and a son, Eloie Andrade, in 1955.

Survivors include two sons, Jessie Andrade, Sr. and

wife Martha of Munday and Jose Andrade, Jr. and wife

Josie of Plano. She is also survived by eight daughters,

Yolanda Andrade of Plano, Dora Andrade of Austin, Olga

Casey and husband Mike of Corpus Christi, Billie

Andrade of Dallas, Herrlinda Thrash and husband Philip

of Lubbock, Margie Parker and husband Robert of Bryant,

Arkansas, Rachel King and husband Pat of Marble Falls

and Sue Banfield and husband Eric of Belton. Brother

Faustino Espinoza of Linares, Mexico and Vidal Espinoza

of Monterrey, Mexico; 16 grandchildren, Elizabeth Bell,

Jessie Andrade, Jr., Marcus Steven Andrade, Priscilla

Andrade, Yomaida English, Douglas Andrade, Lloyd

Andrade, Celeste Cole, Monica Andrade, Bradley Casey,

Bryan Casey, Ashley Casey, Taylor Banfield, Macey

Banfield, Codee King and Rilee King. Twelve great grandchildren

and four great great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Temple Cemetery Company/

Hillcrest Cemetery, P.O. Box 2333, Temple, Texas


Monday, July 25, 2011

Another perspective...

Here is the viewpoint from a young 'un that is the intern for the Knox County Vision Group:

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In Loving Memory...

Charles Parks Heard was born December 11, 1916, in Goree, TX, to Dr. E. F. Heard and Sydney Parks Heard. He died July 21, 2011, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

He managed NAPA Auto Parts stores in Odessa and Midland for over 20 years. Charlie was a proud Goree Wildcat his entire life. He was in the Army Medical Corp and was honorably discharged in 1945.

Charlie lost his sight in 1973, and continued to be fully active in his church and community service. He was a member of Sixth & Jackson Church of Christ, and he was an active member of the Odessa Downtown Lion's Club where he held every office including District Governor. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.

He received the Heritage of Odessa Award in Community service.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Maldene Branch Heard, and a daughter Jo Heard.

He is survived by a daughter and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends only at Frank W Wilson Funeral Directors, Sunday July 24, 2011 from 2 until 3 p.m.

Graveside services will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Abilene, TX, at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011.

Services are entrusted to Frank W Wilson Funeral Directors of Odessa.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Just Dreamin', Again...

Above City Hall/garage sale building

Before clean-up event, new windows and new roof

I have a friend who has been seeing lights in a second story window of the, “Our dream home for a Bobby Boatright Museum”, building. She said, “Someone has some Christmas lights plugged in up there. And, after the sun rises they turn from red to white.”

Well, my posse and I went to investigate today. Nope, no lights! We concluded that she must be seeing a reflection. And speaking of that building, most of the Goree residents don’t remember what actually took place there in days of old. It’s been an empty shell during our lifetime. In our rural rescue effort, we need to breathe life back into it, but what, how, who? We have a dream…a museum.

Emptiness also exists in the dying art form of western swing music, made popular by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. We squint into the past to capture a glimmer of what was. And up until two years ago, at least in Goree, it was all smoke and mirrors. Western Swings’ existence was dim; if not, completely flickered out.

As we attempt to revive a town, we have also been privileged to watch the Bobby Boatright Western Swing Music Camp strain and stretch fingers across fiddles and guitars of the now and next generation. These instructors are the reflection of western swing that students are mimicking in order to master the art of swing music. The past is gone, and so is Bob Wills and Bobby Boatright, an original Texas Playboy, but they are not forgotten. Someone out there has the memorabilia of these men…Turkey, Texas boasts of Mr. Wills’ belongings.

Someday we long to peer through that same window and see more than the reflection of street lights. We desire to see Bobby Boatright’s life being played out pictorially to honor his legacy and the music style he lived to perform.